Have you ever felt like you were running on empty? I've felt like that for quite awhile. It's not a good place to be, and it's an even worse place to try and minister from. So that would explain the infrequent blog postings.
I've never been a journal writer, or diary keeper, so maintaining a blog takes focused work for me. And when the well runs shallow, so does the blog writing.
I'm being called back to a life of more devotion, which for me means less output. As I get older, I realize I can't give out what I don't have. I want to minister out of the Holy Spirit's work in my life, not try and turn a fan on and manifest some wind out of my own power. It only works for awhile, and if it's not God's power, then it's not true power.
So I will rest in the fact that when I am weak, He is strong. Not that I in anyway compare my daily challenges to Paul's, but his words bring me encouragement:
2 Corinthians 2:7-10, "To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (NIV)
So today, on a wonderful Sunday, I am accepting the fact that I'm not the best blogger - and it's a relief to admit it! Also, because I know what it's like to be under a lot of stress, I'm sharing some of my stress reducing tips. These are some very practical things that help make my life a bit easier, and/or bring a smile to my face.
Now, I should preface my list by saying that these tips are far below the best stress reducing tips from God: pray continually, read God's word and trust God's truths like "I don't have to earn God's love." So with that acknowledged, here are some random tips that help keep my head above water:
1. Keeping my gas tank above the ½ mark
2. Making sure I’ve got lots of $1, $5, and $10 bills for miscellaneous needs
3. Having a menu planned for the week
4. Having a grocery list going at all times - making 3 trips to the grocery store drives me nuts
5. Picking out my youngest daughter’s clothes for the entire week and putting them in her hanging weekly clothing organizer.
6. Playing with our crazy Husky puppy
7. Petting the cat
8. Watching a funny movie. Here are some favorites: Shrek 2, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, any old Pink Panther movie.
9. Starbucks. I know caffeine isn't a good stress reducer, but there's something about that place ...
10. Making a to-do list
With a big hug and lots of love,